Jul 2, 2021, 09:57 AM
Act Making Changes to Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program Signed Into Law
Learn more about notable changes to the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program as a result of Act 44 of 2021, which was signed into law by the Governor on June 30, 2021.
Jul 1, 2021, 08:55 AM
PAMED Awards $500,000 in First Health Care Innovation Grants
The Pennsylvania Medical Society awarded grants to physicians and organizations in a new program that encourages innovation in health care. The eight winners were announced at the House of Delegates in Hershey.
Jul 1, 2021, 08:30 AM
Why Physicians Should Embrace Social Determinants of Health
There’s no question that expanding physicians’ capacity to respond to social determinants of health can benefit patients. But how can physicians have a greater impact when they’re already so strapped for time?
Jun 30, 2021, 15:27 PM
Statement: PAMED Applauds General Assembly for Passing Informed Consent Law
As a result of PAMED's strong advocacy on behalf of the state’s physicians and patients, we were successful in getting informed consent legislation across the finish line today as it was signed into law by the Governor and immediately takes effect.
Jun 29, 2021, 15:50 PM
PAMED Expresses Concern Over Physician Assistant Legislation; Hopes to See Changes in House
Physician assistant (PA) legislation that would among other things abolish the countersignature requirement, discontinue medical board approval of PA agreements, and remove limitations on the number of PAs a physician could supervise passed the Senate on June 25, 2021.
Jun 28, 2021, 09:49 AM
What Physicians Can Do to Support the LGBTQ+ Community
"To break down these health care barriers, it is important for us as physicians to regularly engage in LGBTQ+ cultural competency and health care trainings, openly identify ourselves as LGBTQ+ competent and affirming so that patients can find us to access needed medical care, and be cognizant of the health care disparities and needs of LGBTQ+ populations to be able to provide high quality care," says PAMED member Tamar Carmel, MD.
Jun 24, 2021, 16:04 PM
AMA Wrap-Up: New Policies of Interest to Physicians
The Pennsylvania Medical Society’s delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) dedicated their time and expertise at the recent Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates to discuss important health care issues such as scope of practice, health plan practices, COVID-19, telemedicine, and diversity in medicine.
Jun 24, 2021, 15:49 PM
The Pandemic’s Effects on the Opioid Abuse Crisis
It’s been in the news a lot lately that opioid abuse has increased during the pandemic, especially in rural Pennsylvania. John Gallagher, MD, former PAMED Board Chair, shares his insights.
Jun 24, 2021, 15:30 PM
PAMED Successfully Gets Informed Consent Legislation Signed into Law
Due to PAMED's strong advocacy in Harrisburg, informed consent legislation crossed the finish line before summer recess as Gov. Wolf signed it into law as Act 61 on June 30, 2021.
Jun 23, 2021, 12:28 PM
Superior Court Rules in Fair Share Act Case
The Pa. Superior Court found that the Fair Share Act is only implicated when the plaintiff’s comparative negligence is at issue. Prior to the Fair Share Act, when two or more parties were jointly and severally liable for a tortious act, each party was independently liable for the full extent of the injuries stemming from the tortious act no matter their proportion of liability.
Jun 18, 2021, 09:30 AM
Grant Funds Awarded to Support Independent Physicians in Improving Health Care Delivery and Access
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) recently teamed up with its Care Centered Collaborative and Highmark to award nearly $4 million in Community Care Grants.
Jun 17, 2021, 12:20 PM
Medical Record Disposition: What Physicians Should Know
Find out what to do with medical records when a physician retires or passes away.
Jun 17, 2021, 11:06 AM
York County Psychiatrist Receives PAMED Everyday Hero Award for Exemplary Patient Care and Collaboration with Colleagues
Gregory Bredow, MD, a psychiatrist at WellSpan Philhaven - New Freedom, has been named PAMED’s Everyday Hero for June 2021. He received the award at a virtual ceremony on June 17.
Jun 16, 2021, 11:10 AM
CRNP Independent Practice Bill Advances Out of Senate Committee
The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee passed the CRNP independent practice bill (Senate Bill 25) out of committee by a vote of 12-2 on June 16, 2021.
Jun 14, 2021, 16:21 PM
PAMED Submits Amicus Brief in Res ispa loquitor Jury Instruction Case
PAMED, in conjunction with the AMA, filed a friend of the court brief with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the case of Lageman v. Zepp. In this case, the plaintiff filed a complaint for medical negligence after she suffered a stroke while undergoing a medical procedure.
Jun 14, 2021, 16:14 PM
Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Texas Hospital Over COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements
A federal court has ruled in favor of a Texas hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for its employees.
Jun 14, 2021, 15:39 PM
HHS Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline
Did you receive provider relief funds? If so, you’ll want to be aware that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), recently released revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments.
Jun 14, 2021, 09:31 AM
COVID-19 Disaster Declaration Ends: What’s Next?
Last week, the Pennsylvania General Assembly voted to end the COVID-19 disaster declaration that has been in place under Governor Tom Wolf. Learn more about what this means.
Jun 10, 2021, 16:44 PM
PAMED Statement: UnitedHealthcare to Stop Payments for Non-Emergency Care in ERs
If you think health insurers aren’t making life and death decisions, think again. A policy change recently announced by United Healthcare will most certainly deter acutely ill patients from doing what is in their best interest…going to the emergency room.
Jun 8, 2021, 17:22 PM
ABMS Calls to Comments on Draft Standards for Continuing Certification; Comments Due July 8
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is seeking comments from physicians and other stakeholders on its workgroup’s Draft Standards for Continuing Certification. The public comment period is currently underway, and will end July 8, 2021.